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Strengthening Families since 1940


Our Services

One-on-One Counselling

Our counsellors provide one-on-one counselling. To set up and appointment please call 519-621-5090. Many of our programs are subsidized by local partners, government or other programs. We will help you determine the cost of the counselling and which subsidizes are available for you.


We provide a series of group sessions to support you as you walk towards healing. From grief counselling to relationship groups to managing anger.

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"All people deserve to feel valued as part of our community... I am incredibly thankful for a generous community which supports our recovery homes and social enterprise."
Marian Best


A community where there is equality, respect, empathy and inclusion.


To provide exceptional counselling and outreach in a safe, caring and respectful environment.

We Value

Efficient use of resources

Our Roots

In 1940 a group of community members came together to support local families who suffered loss of employment and the loss of family members as a result of WWII.

The group knit socks, produced medical bandages, assisted families with food and urgent living costs and provided counselling for soldiers returning from war. The counselling took many forms: helping strengthen re-united families; supporting soldiers as they struggle through post experience trauma; walking with soldiers as they found meaningful employment.

The services grew and, in 1961, Family Counselling Centre incorporated as a non-profit agency and acquired charitable status in 1967. Founding members continued their contribution to the community by extending their reach and establishing the Cambridge Kin Club and the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries.

Our Funding

We are grateful for donors and financial supporters who extend the availability of funding to all people. Without their support, we would not be able to continue to provide the quality of services currently available.

Our foundational funders include:

  • Ministry of Health
  • Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries
  • Region of Waterloo
  • Township of North Dumfries
  • Cambridge and North Dumfries Community Foundation
  • Waterloo Region District School Board
  • United Way donor designate
  • Individual donations from private citizens

Community Partnerships

To avoid duplication of services and to ensure accessibility for all those in our community requiring counselling, we partner with local community associations, including:

  • Christopher Champlain
  • Greenway Chaplin Community Centre
  • Southwood Community Centre
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
  • Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank
  • Neighbours Helping Neighbours, Ayr

Our Staff

Judy Barnes, MSW, RSW
Individual and Family Therapist

Education:  Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.); Diploma in Addiction Studies; Certificate in Play Therapy.  Registered Member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSW). Registered Member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Years of Experience:  20+ years of clinical counselling/therapy.

Areas of Speciality:  Individual Therapy for issues of anxiety, depression and grief.  Play Therapy with children.  Chemical and Behaviourally based Addictions.

Personal Philosophy:  Judy believes that we are all “In Recovery” from something whether it is from addictions, workaholism, disordered eating, stress, trauma, grief, abuse, ill health, broken-hearts………. Being “In Recovery” to her simply means, becoming aware of behaviours/thoughts/feelings that hurt us at the core of our being and then committing to a new path of change/growth and healing.

Anna Barth, RP(Q), MA

Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Master of Art, Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Wilfrid Laurier University

Certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Therapy, NLP Institute, Hungary

Member of:    
Collage of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
The Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

 Years of Experience: 10 years of Neurolinguistic Therapy, 1,5 years of Clinical counselling/psychotherapy

 Areas of Specialty: Multiculturally informed individual psychotherapy and group work for trauma (attachment injury, immigration trauma, religious injury, abuse) Grief and Loss in English and Hungarian.

Personal Philosophy: I believe, behind traumas, everybody has a healthy ME. I am passionate about supporting individuals by providing psychotherapy and training by applying the latest results of Neuroscience in psychology


Amy Battistone  M.S.W., R.S.W.
(she/her pronouns)

Bachelor in Social Work, Lakehead University (2010)
Master of Social Work, Lakehead University (2012)

 Experience: 10 years of clinical work with women, children and youth in areas such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, healthy relationships (with self and others) and trauma.

 Philosophy: I provide a safe and creative space for people to grow and heal in the way they desire.

Marian Best
Addictions Clinical Supervisor

Over 20 years experience working with individuals struggling with substance use, alcoholism, mental health and its impact on their determinants of health. I sit on the Waterloo Regional Integrated Drug Strategy including the Steering Committee as well as the Regional Opioid Advisory Committee.

Education: Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor, Certified Canadian Addictions Clinical Supervisor and Member in good standing of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation. Over the course of my career I studied, Behavioural Sciences/Social Service Worker, Philosophy and Addiction Studies at McMaster University.

Services offered include assessments, treatment and referral options, collaboration with justice, health and counselling services and facilitating recovery support groups for families and consumers.

I believe all people deserve to feel valued as part of our community and have the opportunity to work through the continuum of care from harm reduction to abstinence. Treatment matching to ensure a client centered approach and offering a circle of care provides an opportunity for healthy recovery. I am incredibly thankful for a generous community which supports our recovery homes and social enterprise “Harvesting Hope” This helps our residents feel valued and offers hope for a better future.

Grace R.A. Brown, RP, MA, CCC  
Psychotherapist, PAR Facilitator

Education: M.A. Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy, Wilfrid Laurier University
Certified Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Facilitator for Prepare Enrich Couples’ Counselling
Qualifying Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Experience: Clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups including:
Stress/Anxiety; Depression; Relationship Conflicts; Aging; Career Counselling; Grief and Loss.

Philosophy: Strength-based, client-centered approach.  With warm, compassionate, and quality care; I consider it an honour to be with clients on their journey to wellness.

Anita Byrnell
Recovery Home and Addictions Support Worker, PAR (Partner Assault Response Program)-Partner Contact

Education: Conestoga College; Social Service Worker Diploma

Experience: Over 4 years of experience working directly with people who are in the height of their addictions, many experiencing homelessness and struggling for a way out. Often individuals were also experiencing difficulty navigating the support systems and struggled with mental health.

Area of Specialty: Engaging with individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, and or mental health. Building Relationships to assist these individuals to find purpose, wellness, and to navigate through community systems.

Providing two unique roles, one within the recovery home and the other working with partners of domestic violence, both allow me the opportunity to connect with appropriate resources. I encourage the women in our recovery homes to believe in themselves and to develop a sense of autonomy and self efficacy while supporting them through this difficult journey.

Derek Campbell, M.S.W., R.S.W.
Clinical Director/Registered Social Worker

Education: Masters of Social Work (MSW)

Years of Experience: 13

Areas of Speciality: Anger, addiction, family violence, depression, anxiety/stress, adolescent mental health, couples/family.

Philosophy: My approach is strength-based and client-centered. I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches and ensure our work is collaborative and allows for effective goal development and problem management.

Valerie Clark, M.Ed., R. P., C.C.C.
Registered Psychotherapist

Education: Master’s in Education with Specialization in Counselling
Certified Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
Registered member with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)

Experience: Clinical work with individuals in both English and French including: Stress/Anxiety, Depression, Grief and loss, Addictions, Anger management, Self-esteem and Trauma.

Philosophy: My philosophy is to provide a safe and supportive environment for my clients to embark on their journey towards change. I do so by using strength-based and client-centered approaches.

Brenda Clements 
Community Program Coordinator

Education: Conestoga College, Social Service Worker

Years of Experience: 17

Areas of Specialty: Programming-group homes Family coach Homelessness (displaced youth) Seniors (Alzeimer’s, wellness, social interaction) Youth (homelessness, displaced youth, programming in group homes), working with low income families.

Lisa Hillion
Recovery Home & Addictions Support Worker

Education: Community and Addiction Support Worker Diploma

Experience: I have worked with people who struggle with addiction for over 5 years, including a women’s residential treatment facility.  I also bring to this organization recovery from lived experience.

Areas of Speciality:  Coping skills, prioritizing, relapse prevention, relationship building, harm reduction

Personal Philosophy:  Lisa begins each day being grateful for the opportunities she has been given and earned since finding her own sobriety.  She supports the men and women of the sober living homes by living the example she tries to teach.  She believes primarily in honesty and integrity and lives her life with these important traits in mind.

Don Johnson
Addictions Counsellor

Starting in the area of outreach support to our communities’ marginalized people, he pursued his career and has worked in the field of addictions for the past 14 years.

Education: A member in good standing of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Federation and a Certified Canadian Addiction Counsellor having studied at McMaster University in the Addiction Studies Program.

Don currently facilitates groups including Relapse Prevention/Recovery Support Groups, provides addiction counselling focusing on treatment assistance, referrals and collaboration with community partners and supports our men’s recovery home.

Don’s personal philosophy is every person matters and is deserving of help.

Cecil KuwabaraM.S.W., R.S.W
Individual, Couple & Family Therapist

Education: Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) Registered Member of the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (RSW).

Years of Experience: 35 years of clinical counselling/therapy.

Areas of Speciality: Couple Counselling (Restorative Work) Individual therapy dealing with Reactive Depression and Anxiety. Utilizing a Solution -Focused, Didactic method to produce change and healing.

Personal Philosophy:  To provide support, information and encouragement to clients during their times of distress.

Nancy Kuwabara, M.A., RP
Registered Psychotherapist; PAR Facilitator

Registered Member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario – #003042

Experience: Clinical work with individuals, couples, families and groups including:

  • anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, self-esteem.
  • relationship conflicts, separation/divorce, domestic violence, marriage and family solutions.
  • use of creative play/art therapy approaches with children and adolescents.

Mission Statement: To encourage and serve clients with understanding, integrity, and compassion through which hope and vision may be realized.

Mary Luard, MSW, RSW, RP
Registered Psychotherapist

Registered Psychotherapist (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario)
RSW (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers)
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist for Couples and Families
Advanced Level Somatic Experiencing for Trauma (Nov./18)

Years of Experience: 13 years
Couples and families (EFT)
Post traumatic anxiety and depression

I trust in the power of attachment, in the healing power of emotion when followed and in the body nervous system’s innate ability to self-restore.

Gord Moir

PAR Facilitator

Education:  B.A. (Philosophy), Master of Divinity from Huron University College, University of Western Ontario.

 Medals:  Canada Decoration, and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award.

 Speciality:  Fifteen years experience working in the Partner Assault Response Program, as a facilitator and administrator.  I work to provide a safe environment for clients to learn to be the best partner (and parent) they can possibly be.  Clients grow their relationship skills in order to promote the development of safe, healthy families in our community.


Sabina Santilli, B.S.W., R.S.W., M.A.
Therapist/VAW Coordinator

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Bachelor of Social Work

Years of Experience: Over 20 years of experience working with adults, families, children and adolescents.
Based on my philosophy that we all desire to experience a sense of belonging and to live a happy, productive and creative life, I encourage, support and empower my clients to deal with life’s challenges and build a better future.

Areas of Specialty: Trauma work around sexual abuse and family violence, separation and divorce, depression, anxiety, loss and grief recovery, parenting utilization of play and art techniques with children and adolescents.

Our Board

Our board is drawn from members from across the Region of Waterloo and North Dumfries.  If you are thinking of supporting our agency, please consider bringing your gifts and talents to one of the committees or to the board.  We seek individuals with a lived experience of struggles with mental health; with accounting, legal, management, communications, marketing, technology, special events/fundraising experience or enthusiasm as well as counselling administration experience.

Family Counselling Centre enjoys excellent support from our board of directors.  Currently our members are: 

  • Bobbye Goldenberg, Executive Director, ex officio
  • Ray Ward, President, Retired Staff Sergeant
  • Jessica Bellamy, Registered Nurse
  • Diana Drackley, Not-for-Profit Consultant
  • Cameron Dearlove, Principal, Leadership and Management Facilitator and Coach
  • Natalie Green, Waterloo Region Police Services
  • Rosemary Redshaw, Administrative Executive
  • Sherri Tryon-Hughes, Career Centre Manager, Conestoga College
  • Tara Chapman, Aspiring Entrepreneur, previous Office/Showroom Manager
  • Janet Jones, Student/Instructor


In addition to our board of directors there a number of standing committees

  • Finance Committee
  • Governance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Marketing/Events Committee
  • Risk Management Committee




Family Counselling Centre of Cambridge and North Dumfries

18 Walnut Street,
Cambridge, ON
N1R 2E7

Tel. 519-621-5090